RCMP commissioner pledges to rid force of ‘bad apples’

CBC News

The RCMP’s disciplinary process is so bureaucratic and out of date that “bad apples” end up staying on the force long after they should be thrown out, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson said in a remarkably frank open letter to Canadians on Monday.

Paulson, who has held the top job at the force for six months, pledged to work on modernizing the disciplinary process, which can now take years to resolve a case.

“I am trying to run a modern police force with a discipline system that was current 25 years ago,” he writes. “Right now, this framework limits my ability to ensure our members’ conduct is properly managed and corrected or, when necessary, to see to it that the bad apples are sent packing.” The RCMP’s current disciplinary process is enshrined in the RCMP Act.

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